Please Help Support This Escape Room Community Charity Fundraiser

We’re sharing some sad news today, but it comes with a chance to help.

The Escape Room community has come together for a Christmas charity fundraiser, to help raise money for one of our own: Stephen Hawker, owner and creator of MARVO Mysteries in Bournemouth in the UK.

Steve is currently undergoing treatment for brain cancer… however his time is likely limited. The Escape Room Community has banded together to raise money in the spirit of the Christmas season so Steve and his partner Lizzy can make a few amazing memories for their family.

Assorted photos of Steve & Lizzy of Marvo Mysteries.

David and I have not yet had the opportunity to visit Bournemouth, but the REA Hivemind really enjoyed M.A.R.V.O Archives: Online Escape Room Adventure in 2020.

We donated to this auction, and if you have the funds we hope you’ll bid on one of the many amazing prizes or donate to this cause. And there are some truly incredible things up for auction…

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PSA: There is no escape room shortage this holiday season

As the holiday season rolls around, the supply chain for all sorts of goods is strained. Shortages here, delays there… stuff is hard.

The good news is that escape rooms have no such shortage, and neither do your local artisans and makers.

So, shop local. Buy your friends and family admission to your favorite escape room.

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And if you’re willing, help boost escape rooms a bit. Share this image and tag your favorite local escape room business.

Thank you!

Thank you to our Patreon backers. This Thanksgiving, we are reflecting on how wonderful you are as a community. We want you to know that we appreciate your support very much.

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Room Escape Artist Presents the Immersive Gaming Track at the Next Stage Summit (Los Angeles, Jan 7-9)

This January, we’re bringing immersive gaming to The Immersive Experience Institute’s Next Stage Summit in Los Angeles, CA (ok, Pasadena, but close enough.)

Tickets are on sale now!

Next Stage logo, accented with yellow geometric figures.


  • When: January 7-9, 2022
  • Where: The Pasadena Playhouse (Pasadena, CA)
  • Tickets: 3-Day On-Site Badges are currently on sale.
  • Price: $650

3-Day On-Site Badge holders will have a chance to experience Escape From Godot, Scout Expedition Co.’s The Nest and The Ministry of Peculiarities’ Hope End.

Immersive Gaming Sessions

Along with REPOD co-host Peih-Gee Law, David and I will host a kick-off session on immersive gaming, and the following panels & fireside talks:

Immersive Gaming Meets Experiential Marketing

What do Escape Rooms have to do with a Tom Clancy movie on Amazon Prime? Is that store really giving away free stuff?

Juliana Moreno Patel and Ariel Rubin of The Wild Optimists are joined by Jay Rinksy of Little Cinema and Terence Leclere of Metaforyou to discuss how some of the biggest brands and media companies in the world (e.g., Amazon, Warner Bros., Disney) are using immersive gaming, interactive platforms, and immersive pop-ups to make a splash with audiences inundated by attention grabbing ads that just don’t hold attention anymore.

Meet Juliana and Ariel by listening to REPOD S1E3: Juliana Moreno Patel and Ariel Rubin (Wild Optimists, Escape Room in a Box)

Next Level Immersive Escape Rooms

A conversation with Brian Corbitt creator of Miss Jezebel, an immersive actor-driven escape room, and owner/ operator/ designer of part of the 60Out franchise in Los Angeles in conversation with Tommy Honton, co-creator of the award-winning Stash House escape room in LA. The pair will share their insight into integrating performance, storytelling, and experience design expertise into creating escape rooms that leave guests talking long after the game is over.

Meet Brian by listening REPOD S2E6 Puppets, Haunts, & Pranks

Fireside Talk: Andrew Preble of ERGO on Organizing Independent Escape Room Operators

Andrew Preble (Escape My Room, New Orleans) will talk about the efforts of the non-profit ERGO to help independent escape room operators lobby for support from the Small Business Administration as part of the pandemic recovery efforts and the long term efforts of the new group to lobby on behalf of owners and operators. In conversation with Tommy Honton, an ERGO co-founder.

Liveplay & The Making of Mister & Mischief’s Escape From Godot

Join the Room Escape Artist team & friends and watch as they play through Festival Selection, the near-mythic Escape From Godot from Mister & Mischief. A rare chance to see a session unfold as its played and then dive right into a making of conversation with the creators Jeff & Andy Crocker live on the set of the production. Immersive gaming creators won’t want to miss this rare format event.

Beyond Immersive Gaming

The Next Stage Summit hosts an impressive array of speakers from across immersive entertainment disciplines including Jonny Grant, Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Dept. Studios (Arkham Asylum), artist Risa Puno (Superblue) (and known for Privilege of Escape), Sarah Ellis (Director of Digital Development, the Royal Shakespeare Company), director Mikhael Tara Garver, the authors of the Immersive Industry Annual Report, and themed entertainment wizards from Walt Disney Imagineering, with more still to be announced.

Meet us in Los Angeles

We’ll be in town playing lots of escape rooms. Stay tuned for more details on when/where we’ll be hanging out. If you live in Los Angeles, or you’ll be in town for this event, we want to know! Send us at message or email

It’s TERPECA Voting Time!

It’s that time of year where escape room players can cast their vote in an ever-growing community project called Top Escape Rooms Project Enthusiasts’ Choice Award, or TERPECA.

Through TERPECA, international escape room players come together to surface the very best escape rooms.

TERPECA 2021 logo.


If you’ve played at least 50 escape rooms, you’re eligible to vote!


Go to the TERPECA voter portal to get started.


Voting is currently open. You have until December 1, 2021 to cast your vote.


No buts. You should vote.

If you voted last year, the system will present your 2020 ranking as a starting place, and highlight any new games you mark as played as “new” which makes the whole process much easier.

If you’ve played mostly online rooms, don’t worry. They have their own category.

If you own an escape room, you can still vote. You just can’t vote for your own games.

If you can’t remember all the games you’ve played, you can select just the ones you do remember and rank those.

Learn More

We’ve covered TERPECA in more detail in the past. These select pieces will give you more insight into the project and the results.

Note, David and I share a vote on the TERPECA board. It is not our project, but we do our best to help guide it and we’re excited to see if grow. We hope you’ll join in.

Announcing the Black Immersive Creators Grant – Applications Open

We are excited to share a new opportunity: Black Immersive Creators Grant

The grant is for US-based, Black-identifying artists to develop and execute new or in-progress immersive work. And yes, that includes escape rooms.

As board members for this grant, we’ve been able to collaborate with some amazing people to help guide it into existence.

Applications are open, and we ask you to share this news.

Chalkboard sketch, Black Immersive Creators Grant logo.

Key Details

  • For US-based, Black-identifying artists
  • Award amount: $10,000
  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2022
  • Award Announcement: May 1, 2022

More Information

This is the inaugural year of the Black Immersive Creators Grant, an initiative focused on amplifying Black voices in the immersive community, encouraging US-based Black artists to live out their dreams by creating immersive works, and affecting culture in a way that opens minds as well as inspires future creators to do the same for generations to come.

Cash award is $10,000, with all of the funds going directly to the grant recipient. The awardee will also receive support in the form of mentoring, administrative support, PR, and other resources via the grant’s board and its network.

Apply Today

If you’re a Black artist in the immersive space, we encourage you to apply.

Eligible experientially-driven projects include immersive theatre, escape rooms, augmented reality, virtual reality, live action role playing, interactive art installations, and other forms of live immersive experiences.

If you know someone who could be the next (ok, first) grant recipient, please share this information with them.

Support the Project

This grant is already largely funded! You can help it reach the $10,000 goal. If you have the means, we encourage you to make a donation.